The following is the prompt of Personal History Statement of UC Berkeley:
Please describe how your personal background and experiences influenced your decision to pursue a graduate degree. In this section, you may also include any relevant information on the following:
How you have overcome barriers to access higher education
How you have come to understand the barriers faced by others
Your academic service to advance equitable access to higher education for women, racial minorities and individuals from other groups that have been historically underrepresented in higher education
Your research focusing on under served populations or related issues of inequality
Your leadership among such groups
I think that the prompt wants me to write a statement on why I choose to go to graduate school based on my personal experience. But, how overcoming obstacles to accept education helps to explain the motivation for grad study? I really hope someone can explain this a little bit. Thanks a lot.